Lady in Icy Lake Water - Cold therapy

The Scientific Benefits Of Cold Therapy

The Scientific Benefits Of Cold Therapy

Lady in Icy Lake Water - Cold therapy

Cold therapy is the use of cold temperatures to relieve symptoms and conditions. Cold therapy includes cold-water immersion and whole-body cold therapy.

Cold-water immersion involves an individual submerging their body partially or fully in water at approximately 15 degrees C (59 Fahrenheit). This can be performed at home or in a clinical setting. This is a very common practice with athletes. Full submersion is usually required (up to the neck).

Whole-body cold therapy involves being in a chamber filled with cold air chilled to -110 degrees C or colder (-230 Fahrenheit). This method is commonly referred to as cryotherapy and became very popular in recent years.

Cold therapy has been considered an accepted form of therapy treatment for many common acute injuries and post-exercise recovery. Currently, there is a body of knowledge growing that suggests there are a large amount of wellness benefits, both physical and mental from this process as well. But what is the science behind it?

Categories of Cold Therapy Benefits

Pain Management

Cold therapy has been shown to help reduce nerve sensitivity and swelling. Thus reducing the perception of acute and chronic pain. This is an accepted practice to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) pain.

Inflammation

Cold therapy triggers hormone changes in the body that lower inflammation levels in the body as well as reduce visible signs of swelling.

Depression & Anxiety

Research has been shown to help relieve depressive symptoms because inflammation markers have been observed at higher levels in those with depression and anxiety. There is a very strong association between chronic inflammation and depression according to research.

Mood & Brain Function

The cold temperatures used in cold therapy stimulate a hormonal response in the body that has antioxidant effects that can improve mood and brain function. Stress resiliency is also markedly improved due to changes in levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Heart Rate Variability

HRV is the fluctuation of time between heartbeats. This is a very subtle change that can only be measured with sensitive instruments. Cold therapy can help improve variability which in turn improves physical and psychological stress.

Vasoconstriction

Muscles in the walls of blood vessels narrow the vessels slowing down blood flow. Cold therapy initiates this response which reduces muscle pain, swelling, and fatigue. This happens in the periphery.

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Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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